Janet Braun-Reinitz

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Janet Braun-Reinitz
Janet Braun
NationalityUnited States
OccupationPainter, muralist
Years active1961–present
Known forFreedom Riders
Notable work
"An Interracial Journey"[1]

Janet Braun-Reinitz is a muralist, painter and activist committed to social justice. Her ongoing involvement in civil rights activism began in 1961 when she was a Freedom Rider. During one incident in Little Rock, Arkansas, she was arrested and was jailed from July 8 to 15. She subsequently worked at the national office of CORE and was the head of the CORE chapter in Rochester, NY in 1962-3.[1] She is the subject of the documentary, Interview with Janet Braun-Reinitz for the Freedom Riders 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001, published by the University of Mississippi,[2][3] excerpts are included in the film, The Children Shall Lead (2001).[4]

In 1983, she co-founded Tasteful Ladies for Peace of Ithaca, New York. This organization was involved in peaceful protests promoting reproductive choice and protesting against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.[5]

Today, Braun-Reinitz works as a muralist and studio artist based in New York City.[6][7][8] Since she began creating murals in 1984,[5] Braun-Reinitz has painted more than 60 murals in seven countries, including India, Ghana, England, Georgia, Italy, Nicaragua and the United States. Her 3,300-square-foot mural titled "When Women Pursue Justice"' can be found in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. This mural was created in collaboration with 12 other women artists and Artmakers Inc. (see documentary films, The Women of Nostrand and Greene, Dave Reinitz, H2F Productions,2006, Beyond the Walls, Gail Embrey, Power Surge Productions, 2014.)

Her studio work is in collections as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Oakland Museum of California, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PAD/D Archives and MOMA.


  • ON THE WALL: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City, Janet Braun-Reinitz and Jane Weissman, University Press of Mississippi, February 2009, ISBN 9781604731118 [9]
  • The Mural Book: A Practical Guide for Educators, Janet Braun-Reinitz and Rochelle Shicoff, November 7, 2001, ISBN 978-1-56290-241-4.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Braun-Reinitz, Janet". Welcome to the Civil Rights Digital Library. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ "Interview with Janet Braun-Reinitz for the Freedom Riders 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 :: Freedom Riders Oral Histories". University of Mississippi Digital Collections. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ Institute, Winter (2018-03-20). "Janet Braun-Reinitz". Vimeo. The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "The Children Shall Lead". Winter Institute. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ a b "Braun-Reinitz' '73 Art Featured in Venice - Hobart and William Smith Colleges". www2.hws.edu. Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ The New York Times (2017-09-11). "Answers About New York City's Community Murals". City Room. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  7. ^ Post, Scott Elingburg Special to The (2017-10-12). "Artist, activist and Freedom Rider brings participatory postcard project to Fabulon". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  8. ^ Hardaway, Mary Scott. "Former Freedom Rider Janet Braun-Reinitz teams ups with U.K. artist in politically motivated series - Features". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  9. ^ Braun-Reinitz, J.; Weissman, J. (2009). On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-60473-111-8. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. ^ Braun-Reinitz, Janet (November 7, 2001). The mural book : a practical guide for educators. CrystalProductions. ISBN 978-1562902414.

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